New Brunswick will entrust the sale of recreational marijuana products to a subsidiary of its liquor company when the federal government makes this legal in July 2018.
Finance Minister Cathy Rogers made the announcement at a press conference in Fredericton on Wednesday morning.
The subsidiary will be responsible for operating the retail sale of recreational marijuana in stores separate from those of NB Liquor. The stores will be subject to the rules, terms and conditions established by the new Crown corporation that has the mandate to supervise, operate and manage the retail sale of recreational marijuana.
Guests must present ID at the door. It will take at least 19 years to get in, and the products will be under glass, says the CEO of NB Liquor, Brian Harriman. These will be federally approved products.
The sales model has been designed with the following priorities in mind, says Minister Cathy Rogers:
- Products will be out of reach of children and youth
- Profits will escape organized crime
- Products will be safe and of good quality
NB Liquor launched a call for tenders last week for premises that can be used for this business. There will be a maximum of twenty businesses in 15 communities across the province. Premises will not be attached to NB Liquor stores, and will be located at least 300 m from schools and playgrounds. An online sales service will also be available.
The province announced the creation in September of a Crown corporation that will sell marijuana for recreational purposes. Minister Rogers said at that time that the new Crown corporation will not do the retail sale, and another entity would be responsible for that activity.
New Brunswick already has agreements with marijuana growers Organigram and Canopy Growth, which will supply the products.
A task force reporting in June recommended that recreational marijuana be sold through a Crown corporation.